Leadership


Sara Marshall

Executive Director

Sara Marshall serves as the Executive Director of Teach Indy. For the past 15 years, Sara has consistently led with a teacher’s experience in mind. In her role as Executive Director, Sara will oversee the strategic vision, partnerships, and community engagement for the organization. For the past three years, Sara’s leadership has grown the work of Teach Indy into a well-recognized program for teachers, schools, and the community; seeking to establish innovative solutions to the teacher talent space.

Prior to her role as Executive Directors, Sara served as the Senior Director of Talent, leading the organization’s talent initiatives and strategies focused on recruiting, developing, recognizing, and supporting the retention of high-quality, diverse educators in Indianapolis. In her work, Sara is driven to ensure equity and transparency drive all talent decisions and selections. Sara has a deep commitment to identifying and removing barriers to the classroom, especially for educators of color. At The Mind Trust, Sara was a member of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee.

Before joining The Mind Trust staff, Sara spent the past thirteen years dedicated to the community and students of Indianapolis. A graduate of Butler University’s College of Education, Marshall served seven years as a high school mathematics teacher in Pike Township. She then joined The New Teacher Project (TNTP) as an effectiveness coach, site manager, and as director, spending the majority of her time with the Indianapolis Teaching Fellows (ITF) program. In the director role, Sara supported a team to recruit, train, and retain high-quality, culturally responsive diverse educators diverse for center-township. She received the TNTP Community Engagement Ambassador Award for 2018.

Marshall is a graduate of the Indiana Latino Institute’s 2020 Leadership Cohort, and serves on the board of Teachers’ Treasures, EDGE Mentoring, Butler University College of Education and The Aspire Higher Foundation. Sara is a member of Butler University’s Latinx Alumni Association, and a KIPP Leadership Development Fellow Alumni.

She is a third generation Mexican-American and a native of Sonoma, CA. She earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Butler University and competed as a Division I Volleyball player. She and her husband, Michael, a Special Education teacher, have three sons, Jordan, Ezekiel, and Elijah.

 

Mark Carter

Manager of Programs and Events

Mark Carter serves as the Manager of Programs and Events at Teach Indy. His goals are to put the years of experience he has in working with educators to use in growing Teach Indy’s educator focused programs and events. Mark is passionate about students and believes all students deserve access to well trained, diverse, incredible educators. With his background in project and event management, Mark is focused on the growth of our current programs and is excited to create new opportunities for local educators.

Mark comes to Teach Indy after spending the past six years leading projects and events at Indiana Connections Academy, a virtual charter school that serves the entire state of Indiana. During his time at Indiana Connections Academy, Mark returned to school full time to graduate from Southern New Hampshire University. Mark is also a graduate of Purdue University’s Project Management Essentials program and continues to work to further his education in the areas of project management and business administration. Prior to his years at Indiana Connections Academy, Mark served in the Extended School Enrichment program with Carmel Parks and Recreation. Mark recently completed the EDGE|Work Mentoring program and is currently participating in the Indy Equity Collaborative’s Just Community Fellowship.

Mark’s passion for education and students extends outside of his work with Teach Indy. He and his wife Erin have a daughter, Sophie, and as a family they enjoy volunteering with students and families in their community.

Board of Directors


Christine Johnson

Board Chair

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Andrea Neely

Board Secretary

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Michael Schmierer

Board Member

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Courtney Lee

Board Member

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Mario Barrios-Chavez

Board Member

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Mark Howell

Board Member- Emeritus

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